The OKCMOA Film Society is proud to host a special 25th Anniversary screening of Whit Stillman’s Barcelona (accompanied by a secret short film), with the director in attendance for a post-film conversation!
This event is free and open to Film Society members only.
6 pm: Reception for Film Society members
6:30 pm: Screening of Barcelona, followed by a Q&A with director Whit Stillman.
Whit Stillman has written and directed five films, including Damsels in Distress, Barcelona, and Metropolitan, which was nominated for the 1991 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Two of his films he turned into novels: The Last Days of Disco, With Cocktails at Petrossian Afterwards, winner of France’s Prix Fitzgerald, and most recently, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated which was called “very, very funny” by the New York Times.
The author will be on hand to sign copies of Love & Friendship, which will be available for purchase at the event.
Whit Stillman followed his enchanting indie breakthrough Metropolitan with another clever and garrulous comedy of manners, this one with a darker edge. Marking its 25th anniversary this year, Barcelona is a tart and chilly romantic comedy about love-starved upper-class men adrift in a foreign city rife with anti-American sentiment. A pair of preppy yet constitutionally mismatched American cousins—a salesman and a navy officer—argue about romance and politics while working in the beautiful Spanish city of the film’s title. Set during “the last decade of the cold war,” Barcelona explores topics both heady (American exceptionalism, Cold War foreign policy) and hilarious (the ins and outs of international dating, the proper shaving method) while remaining a constantly witty delight, featuring a sharp young cast that includes Taylor Nichols, Chris Eigeman, and Mira Sorvino.
Director Whit Stillman | 1994 | In English and Spanish with English subtitles | 101 minutes | PG-13 (for drug content and a brief sex scene) | DCP
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An Evening with Whit Stillman is co-sponsored by the Film Department in the School of Visual Arts at Oklahoma City University.